Next-Gen iPhone Prototype Front Panel Pictures Leak
leaked pictures last week of the next generation iPhone's back panel, and today they leaked pictures of the front.
The photos show an iPhone front panel labeled "N94" with an "Engineering Verification Test 1" stamp, and is dated March 3, 2011. The unit contains the entire front panel assembly for the "N94" including digitizer panel, LCD, and a space for a physical home button. There was some speculation with last week's leak that the physical home button would be replaced by a touch area, or be moved completely. According to these images, that grand idea appears to be false.
Also, the design appears to be a carbon copy of the iPhone 4. If there is in fact a newly redesigned iPhone 5, this is not it. Rather, it is likely the front panel to the iPhone 4S that has been mentioned via rumors lately. It would make sense, especially considering the "N94" model number. The previous versions of the iPhone 4 have model numbers "N90" for AT&T iPhone 4s and "N92" for Verizon iPhone 4s. A new iPhone 4[S], compatible with more networks, i.e. Sprint or T-Mobile, could receive a similar incremental designation.
Photos of "N94" (or 4S), parts keep leaking, but iPhone 5 leaks have been non-existent. Will Apple be able to successfully prevent any leaks of the new iPhone they will unveil shortly, if it even exists? I hope so. Surprises are pleasant, especially in the era of 24/7 news when there are so few.